The 2007 USG Sheetrock 400
was the 19th race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
season. It took place during daytime on July 15, 2007 at Chicagoland Speedway
in Joliet, Illinois
with the broadcast airing on TNT
Unlike the previous week at Daytona
, qualifying was complete for this race. Casey Mears
won the pole position
with a lap of 182.556 miles per hour. Michael Waltrip
qualified for only his fourth race of the season. Chad Chaffin
once again filled in at BAM Racing and again qualified for the race.
won for the first time in 2007 and for the 30th time in his career. He also led the most laps in the competition, 108 out of 267. His margin of victory over second-place Matt Kenseth
was 1.727 seconds. The rest of the top five drivers, in order, were Carl Edwards
, Kevin Harvick
, and Clint Bowyer
led the second-most laps (82), but encountered tire trouble toward the end and wound up in 37th place.Jeff Gordon
(9th) extended his points lead over Denny Hamlin
(17th) to 303 points. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
led Ryan Newman
by 39 points for 12th place and the final spot in the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup
. After this race, seven races remained until the "playoff" field was set.